Planting a tree opens the human heart. Friends, family, and community are planting trees all over the world to share the light and love of Ela Deniz, a joyful child who delighted in flowers and trees. We’ll continue updating the map (see a larger version) for as long as Ela’s Forest keeps expanding.
The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College honored Ela’s memory with an exhibit, Ela’s Forest, Nov. 16, 2019 to Feb. 23, 2020. The exhibition featured “works by artists close to Ela and her family. It is meant to be an expression of love, support, and comfort to the family as well as a poignant reminder of the importance and power of community,” wrote Claire Orologas, executive director emerita and curator of Ela’s Forest.
AUCTION: Items from the Ela’s Forest exhibition were displayed at Red Door Lakeland in the fall of 2020 and were auctioned online. Proceeds will help fund a sculpture to be placed at the museum in Ela’s memory that will speak to social and domestic injustices faced by children and their families each day.
Photograph by Laurel Friedman; arrangement by Ela Deniz
Ela's Light Rocks
Another global movement: Friends and community are painting rocks and leaving them in public places to be discovered. The hashtag #elaslightrocks directs the finder to the Ela’s Light Rocks Facebook and Instagram pages, where they learn of the special girl who inspires others.